What a Swell Party This Was!

by Al Miller and Chuck Carpenter

Photos by Al Miller

It was a “wonderful day in the neighborhood” for Contra Costa County Democrats as the DPCCC hosted its 82nd Annual BBQ in West County this year at the Kennedy Grove Recreational Area near the San Pablo Dam Reservoir.

We enjoyed wonderful company on a wonderful day with great food and most all of the Democratic candidates and community leaders you could hope to find in one spot. Over 150 activist Democrats attended this event. 

DPCCC Chair Chuck Carpenter, center, and fellow Democrats at the DPCCC 82nd Annual BBQ.

DPCCC Chair Chuck Carpenter presided over the event introducing the various office holders, candidates, and party officials attending while ensuring they did not speak too long! 

We heard from Betty Yee, candidate for State Controller, State Senators Mark DeSaulnier, Ellen Corbett and three of the seven probable candidates for State Assemblymember in AD15—Elizabeth Echols, (D) Regional Administrator, Small Business Administration; Tony Thurmond, (D) Former trustee, West Contra Costa USD and former Richmond City Councilmember; and Cecilia Valdez, (D) Councilmember, San Pablo.

The only AD 15 candidate/probable candidate that did not attend Sam Kang (D) Attorney who called, explaining he had a former obligation, Andy Katz (D) Director and East Bay Municipal Utility District, Peggy Moore (D) Community Organizer arrived after the speeches and spent the afternoon with the Democrats at the event.

Assembly members Nancy Skinner(15) and Joan Buchanan(16) also spent the afternoon with us.

BART Directors Joel Keller and Zachary Mallett also attended. A very diverse group of Democrat City Council Members from Concord, Antioch, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo and Hercules. The Democratic National Committee was represented by Shawn Bagley(Salinas) as well as CDP Regional Directors Cheslog and Kelly.

AD15 candidate Tony Thurmond addresses fellow Democrats at the DPCCC 82nd Annual BBQ. Other AD15 candidates who spoke are San Pablo City Councilmember Cecilia Valdez, to his right, and Elizabeth Echols, Regional Administrator, Small Business Administration, to her right.

Congressmen Thompson and Miller were both out of the area, but sent representatives and contributions.

ECDC was well represented by the following members: (Please let me know if I missed you!) El Cerrito City Councilmembers Janet Abelson and Rebecca Benassini, Immediate Past President & CDP Controller Hilary Crosby, VP-Publications Carla Hansen, Nancy Klein, Joe Lifschutz & Jean Niehaus, President Scott Lyons (with Katie), Gloria and Dwight Merrill, Barbara and Al Miller, Rochelle PardueOkimoto, VP-Programs Gabe Quinto, and Ciony & Bob Weinberg.

Hope to see more of you at the future DPCCC events, especially as we all prepare for the 2014 elections. If we are to continue to ensure that Democratic values are expressed in our local, county, and state communities and our country, all Democrats need to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Each of us can do something—we just need to figure out what that something is, and do it! One thing we all can do is carry voter registration forms with us and register new Democrats.

Nancy Skinner Birthday Invitation

In appreciation of the great work of our local Dem clubs do, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner invites El Cerrito Dem Club members to be her guest this Sunday at her birthday celebration with special guest former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Contributions of any amount are of course welcomed, but optional. 

Please join Jennifer Granholm to celebrate Nancy’s birthday, Sunday, September 8th, 2013 * 4:00 – 6:00 pm * at Uptown Body & Fender, 401 26th Street, Oakland 94612

RSVP by ordering your tickets online.

Participation levels:

$2,500  Birthday kisses
$1,000  Birthday hugs
$500  Birthday well wishes
$100  Birthday love

ECDC sponsors CDP resolution on sexual assault

Authored by club member Mister Phillips, the resolution was co-sponsored by the ECDC and passed by the state Democratic Party in July. The full text of the resolution is below, and available on the CDP website.


Resolution 13-07.35L

WHEREAS, sexual assault is a serious crime that often causes significant physical and mental harm from which some victims never recover;

WHEREAS, there were 3,374 reports of sexual assault involving members of the United States Armed Forces in fiscal year 2012; and the actual incidence of sexual assault involving members of the Armed Forces was probably much higher; the United States Department of Defense (DoD) estimates that approximately 26,000 members of the Armed Forces experienced “unwanted sexual contact” in fiscal year 2012; and

WHEREAS, the DoD admits that “[d]espite unprecedented attention and involvement from senior leadership, enhanced SAPR [sexual assault prevention and response] policies and training, and outreach to key stakeholders, sexual assault remains a persistent problem in the military;”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party urges President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and every member of the United States Congress to use the full weight of their respective offices to substantially reduce the number of sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, copies of this resolution shall be sent to President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, and California’s Democratic congressional delegation to encourage them in this most important effort to protect services members from sexual assault.